I finally had time last night to watch it, and I agree. The parts that didn't have Sony involved were awesome, but I will admit that their involvement with Sony helped set up some of the more interesting scenes.Brewmasters was pretty good. It had a lot of stuff I didn't care about (the music parts) but the actual beer parts were excellent. Its great to see how the brewery works, and its cool to see the beer you drink actually get made.
I feel like the coming episodes will be even better, since Sony wont be involved, hopefully they'll focus more on making beer.